RIMPAC could affect garage door openers

The U.S. Pacific Fleet is hosting Rim of the Pacific exercises, which may affect remote-controlled garage door openers.

“Remotely controlled garage door openers legally operate at a very low power on an unlicensed basis,” a U.S. Navy news release said. “Therefore, they can be affected by electromagnetic activity that is generated by Navy ships, civilian boaters or other sources.”

Drivers are advised to remove their remote openers from their sun visor and to point them directly at the door. If the opener still does not work, garage door owners may have to open and close their doors manually or consider other options, during the next five weeks while the exercises are being conducted.

More than 25,000 participants from nearly two dozen countries were at Pearl Harbor for the start of RIMPAC. While the exercise will be based at Navy Region Hawaii, which includes Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, training will be held at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii and several other locations in the state.

RIMPAC began Thursday and ends Aug. 1.

For more information, go to cpf.navy.mil/rimpac/2014 or call (808) 472-0235.